come to grips with

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come to grips with (third-person singular simple present comes to grips with, present participle coming to grips with, simple past came to grips with, past participle come to grips with)

  1. (idiomatic) To confront or deal with directly; to commence a confrontation.
    Until she comes to grips with her mother's death, she has no hope of putting it behind her.


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